Rob Sanders, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag! In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders's stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno's evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable - and undertold - story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride. PRAISE FOR PRIDE! A Junior Library Guild Selection "An uplifting introduction to the symbol of the Rainbow Flag . . . Vibrant and lively . . . Recommended for all collections."  - School Library Journal "A biography LGBTQ rights activists and allies can proudly share with children . . . a hope-filled ode to the rainbow flag." - Kirkus Reviews " . . . ebullient . . . an age-appropriate introduction . . ." - Shelf Awareness "Salerno's strong art has a colorful seventies vibe . . . There is value here." - Booklist "Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and The Rainbow Flag beautifully tells the history of both Uncle Harvey's dream and his collaboration with Gilbert Baker to create a global symbol of equality and inclusion. This book tells a history that all children will cherish, and will inspire the next generation of hope givers, our world's youth" - Stuart Milk, Founder and President of the Harvey Milk Foundation "Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker showed LGBTQ people that they should be proud of who they are and who they love. That is exactly what we do at The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth in crisis. We're thrilled that more young people will learn the story behind the original rainbow flag." - Amit Paley, Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Have you ever wondered where the rainbow flag originated? Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag shares the fascinating history of the pride flag. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician, and Gilbert Baker, a seamstress, created the flag to provide a symbol for the gay community to rally under during their protests and marches as they strove to gain equal rights. The flag represented this struggle for the first time in 1978 at the Gay Freedom Parade in San Francisco in its original form of eight stripes. It was later projected onto the White House in June of 2015 to represent the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay couples have the right to marry in its current configuration of six stripes. Throughout the book, there are vibrant and colorful illustrations on every page. There are also two timelines featured: the first is the life of Harvey Milk, and the second is a short history of the rainbow flag. Short biographical paragraphs are provided for the flag, Harvey Milk, Gilbert Baker, and June 26, 2015. The final pages of the book include a small selection for further reading and photos of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag in the world. Submitted by: Jamie Rabourn 

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